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Poster: William Tell Date: May 14, 2010 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing Me Back Home

I can second CLIFF's selection of the 7-2 version of SMBH; a great song, and though not in the class of MChild or HWAFOMine (ie, IMHO, all three are somewhat difficult to sing live; studio would have been better), it was not often done well (again, IMHO--high standards for J's voice and such). But, 7-2 is nice, though for me it is biased by personal pref as this was the first one I had in my collection (off the bootleg album we've discussed many times for this brdcasted, last of the Fillmore show), and I listened to it a lot...Jerry comes thru with real feeling, an absolute necessity for this tune of course, with his "Americana, somewhat reedy" vocals perfectly suited to it. The "sonic tone" of the show also seems to help (not sure how to describe it, but the intangible "hall sound" transmitted even to a degree it seems to me, via some SBDs...).

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 15, 2010 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sing Me Back Home

You beat me to it . That one one the bootleg lp , (7-2) is raw and beautiful . I like the Veneta one ( and the ones like it ), but still love the power of that Filmore West one . I wonder why they dropped it ? Maybe "Stella" took its place ?
Had they kept it in their rep. I suspect they would have dropped it, why Jerry's voice crapped out in 78, and surely when Donna was gone .
I have put that 7-2 version ( also that "Muddy Water") on my weird mix cds I make for non head friends . Anyone who loves soulful "roots"music ( and is not blindly anti-Dead) should "get " that one .
My other favorite is Merl Haggard's original !